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Shrimp plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Justicia brandegeana

 

Shrimp plant

Commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates, the shrimp plant produces a shrimp shaped flower bract that hangs from the stem tips. In their native environment, these plants mat reach 2m tall and have fairly brittle stems. Indoor plants however, are more likely to be kept cropped to keep it a manageable size and thus reduce its tendency to snap. shrimpy colored flower bract that hangs from the stem tips. In their native environment, these plants grow up to six feet tall and have fairly brittle stems. Indoor growers, however, are more likely to trim their plant to keep it a manageable size and thus reduce its tendency to snap.

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plant Features
  • Shrimp plant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Shrimp plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Shrimp plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Shrimp plant likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Shrimp plant

Latin name

Justicia brandegeana

type

Tender perennial

family

Acanthaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Shrimp plant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Shrimp plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Shrimp plant likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Shrimp plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Shrimp plant is 0.45meters x 2.00meters 0.45 M 2.00 M

Justicia brandegeana

Commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates, the shrimp plant produces a shrimp shaped flower bract that hangs from the stem tips. In their native environment, these plants mat reach 2m tall and have fairly brittle stems. Indoor plants however, are more likely to be kept cropped to keep it a manageable size and thus reduce its tendency to snap. shrimpy colored flower bract that hangs from the stem tips. In their native environment, these plants grow up to six feet tall and have fairly brittle stems. Indoor growers, however, are more likely to trim their plant to keep it a manageable size and thus reduce its tendency to snap.


Planting as a houseplant

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant into a large pot for best effect and provide with loads of water, fertilizer, warmth, and light. Best kept above 55F in a bright location but out of direct sunlight. These conditions closely imitate their natural habitat, which is understory or transitional areas in subtropical climates.

 

Propagation

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Take a cutting and dip it into rooting hormone, then place into a pot with seedling soil or a sterile rooting mix. The key to successful cuttings is to provide plenty of warmth and humidity, so aim to keep your cuttings at around 80°F with high ambient humidity.

 
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